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Tools

Slugline. Simple, elegant screenwriting.

Red Giant Color Suite, with Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 and Colorista II

Needables
  • Sony Alpha a7S Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
    Sony Alpha a7S Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
    Sony
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
    Panasonic
  • TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder
    TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder
    TASCAM
  • The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (Peachpit)
    The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (Peachpit)
    by Stu Maschwitz
Saturday
May132006

The best compositing book just got 7er



Mark Christiansen has updated his excellent book for AE7. It now features many more sample projects, including some HD footage provided by Pixel Corps. Still the same great focus on hardcore compositing, and still the same space-filling chapter at the end by some Stu guy.

Adobe After Effects 7.0 Studio Techniques

Thursday
May042006

Creative Workflow Hacks

Creative Workflow Hacks is a new blog about under-the-hood tricks to help you do nifty things in your favorite post-production apps. There's a section specifically about After Effects.

On that subject, if you haven't tried out the scripts from redefinery.com, you may not appreciate just how powerful scripting can be in After Effects. Check it out!

My hope is that, in the future, scripts and other user enhancements to AE will not be ghettoized to a submenu, but actually allowed to be a button or palette or menu item just like a plug-in. Sort of the Maya MEL-button shelf idea.

Saturday
Apr292006

Commonwealth Club

On March 21st I participated in a panel discussion called “The Digital Revolution: What to Expect from Film’s Second Century” at The Commonwealth Club, a public affairs forum in San Francisco. You can listen to a RealAudio (sorry) stream of it here. Also on the panel was John Knoll, with whom I had the great pleasure of working on several projects during my days at ILM.

Sunday
Mar192006

SIMILO

Less is more generated some great comments. Keep 'em coming!

There were a couple of mentions of other 35mm lens adaptors, including the Mini35 and the Micro35. I certainly don't want my extolment of the G35 to come at the exclusion of these other options. As I mentioned, I've shot with the Pro35 and had a terrific experience. I'm excited to see so many options created by people who are clearly passionate about accessible cinema.

What specifically entices me about the G35 is that it is small enough that it allows a DV camera to be a DV camera. I could see myself taking it with me wherever I brought my DVX.

The G35 came to my attention after I saw an excellent short film that was shot with an early "beta test" unit on a DVX100a. That film is SIMILO, and it was an entry in the dvxuser.com sci-fest competition (although ultimately it was disqualified).

SIMILO official site (a very high quality H.264 Quicktime here)

Filmmakers Zacharias and Macgregor shot this lovely piece totally guerilla-style. Check out this behind-the-scenes still (more like that on the dvxuser.com forum). Anytime someone reminds me it's possible to make images like those in SIMILO with that kind of minimalist setup, I get excited.